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Nature's Network

Nature’s Network is a collaborative effort that brings together partners from 13 states, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nongovernmental organizations, and universities to identify the best opportunities for conserving and connecting intact habitats and ecosystems and supporting imperiled species to help ensure the future of fish and wildlife across the Northeast region.

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The Nature's Network conservation design integrates numerous datasets to highlight conservation priorities across the region on a single interactive map, but users can also access and explore the individual datasets and decision-support tools that make up the conservation decision. All of these products are available on the Nature's Network website. 

Additional Resources

Streaming recording of "Introduction to Nature's Network" webinar from Thursday, May 24, 2017 (The recording was started a little ahead of schedule, so advance the playback bar to 00:06:30 to get to the start of the presentation)

Technical description

Nature's Network depicts an interconnected network of priority lands and waters identified using modeling approaches developed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, The Nature Conservancy, and other organizations based on direction from a team of partners.  

View the Quick Start guides on the Nature's Network website for background information on all of the component datasets that make up the conservation design, as well the data packages for the five associated conservation approaches.

Case Studies and News Stories

Nature's Network In Action - Testimonials from partners who are using Nature's Network to inform their work in conservation

Nature's Network - Feature story on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Conserving the Nature of the Northeast blog

Putting conservation on the map in the Chesapeake Bay watershed - Feature story on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conserving the Nature of the Northeast blog

LCC Staff Contact(s):

Steve Fuller, North Atlantic LCC Science Delivery Coordinator (General questions)

, North Atlantic LCC Science Coordinator (General questions)

, North Atlantic LCC Communications Coordinator (Media questions)

, North Atlantic LCC GIS Analyst (Data Basin questions)

Nature's Network
Product Type(s):
Decision Support Tools
Conservation designs, blueprints, and plans
Resource Type: Ecosystems
Conservation Targets: Coastal and Marine, Terrestrial and non-tidal wetland, Freshwater aquatic
Conservation Framework: Conservation Design
Threats/Stressors: Climate change impacts, Development/Urban Growth, Sea-level rise and storm impacts, Water quality and supply
Conservation Action: Site/area protection, Site/area management, Habitat and natural process restoration, Species management, Species recovery

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